Professor Azam Irajizad has become a member of the World Commission on Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology COMEST


She got her BS in Physics from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran in 1977

Irajizad received her MS and PhD in physics from Sussex University in the UK in 1986 and 1990 respectively and obtained her post-doctorate degree in surface physics from the university in 1991

Her research interests are as follows

  • Thin films deposition and characterization, andelectrical, magnetic and optical properties of thin films
  • Surface investigation using techniques like Auger, XPS electron spectroscopies, and low electron energy diffraction
  • Surface roughness study using atomic force microscopy and optical methods
  • Study and fabrication of gas sensors and biosensors based on metal oxides, porous silicon, carbon nanotubes and graphene
  • Fabrication of solar cells based on CdS/CdTe, dye sensitive TiO2 layers, nanostructured solid state solar cells, and
  • Nanoparticles formation using various methods, including pulse laser ablation, arc discharge, Sol Gel and CVD


Prof. Irajizad has published more than 120 papers in international journals and about 20 in national journals

She also presented more than 200 papers in national and international conferences and workshops related to physics and nanoscience

COMEST is an advisory body of reflection set up by UNESCO in 1998

Chaired by Rajaona Andriamananjara, the commission comprises 18 leading scholars from scientific, legal, philosophical, cultural and political disciplines from various regions of the world. They are appointed by the UNESCO chief in their individual capacity, along with 11 ex-officio members representing UNESCO’s international science programs and global science communities

The commission is mandated to formulate ethical principles that could provide decision-makers with criteria that extend beyond purely economic considerations

COMEST works in several areas: environmental ethics, with reference to climate change, biodiversity, water and disaster prevention; ethics of nanotechnologies along with related new and emerging issues in converging technologies; ethical issuesrelated to information technology; and gender issues in the ethics of science and technology


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